With the exception of one beautiful long weekend in Amagansett, I took a break from the Hamptons and spent most of the summer upstate near Hudson, NY in a little town called Philmont. After falling in love with the area, I decided to start the process of finding a weekend home. Rolling hills, farmland, fresh air, organic produce from the local farmers markets and friendly people are just a few of the many things that make the Hudson Valley so wonderful. Rhinebeck, Red Hook and Claverack are nearby and the area attracts artists, musicians and craftspeople. The challenge is selecting a town because they all have so much to offer. 
Warren Street in the town of Hudson
There are numerous antiques shops on Warren Street and the Face Stockholm store sells vintage clothing and accessories in addition to their natural line of makeup and skincare. After spending a day shopping and exploring the town we stumbled into an excellent restaurant called Ca'Mea and enjoyed homemade ravioli and linguine and clams. For dessert we stopped into an adorable little ice cream shop called Lick which serves ice cream made in the Hudson Valley.
Lick on Warren Street in Hudson
Another selling point: The city of Hudson has an Amtrak station and the trip is just under two hours from Penn Station. Be sure to check out the soon to launch hudsonlifestyle.com for more information on the Hudson Valley. In the meantime you can follow them on Instagram at Instagram.com/hudsonlifestyle
Our rental home in Philmont, NY
Hudson Opera House on Warren Street
Foley & Cox Home, Cafe Le Perche, Swoon Kitchenbar on Warren Street
A friend's barn in Red Hook, NY
A friend's pond in Red Hook, NY